I have been asked by several people what do I eat - or "what could I eat" (if the asker is paleo) when I go to the movie theater. With all the temptation of candy, nachos, popcorn, soda etc what are some good snacks to sneak in your bag for a movie night? (Or for a movie night at home!)
I know its somewhat frowned upon to sneak in your own snacks BUT..... can we overlook that point for now? :D Any recipes or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
How about eating nothing at all? To me, watching a movie is a great time to start or extend a fast for a few hours. I honestly don't know if our paleo ancestors had entertainment (skits, stories, etc.) before, during or after eating--they probably did it all those ways at various times. So it's probably not a paleo issue, just my personal preference, FWIW.
Before you go to the theater, take some raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc) and microwave them with some pastured butter. Nuke for 20 seconsd or so, stir, nuke again until butter is melted and nuts are coated. Sprinkle with salt, and you have a VERY good substitute for popcorn.
I don't know if you have any of these near you, but we have some 21+ movie theaters around here with full bars and kitchens, and I've yet to miss popcorn while sipping a generous pour of shiraz and nibbling on meat kabobs. The prices of concessions in normal theaters are so ridiculously inflated that even with a decadent appetizer and booze it costs nearly the same as the old standards.
I remember when I was in high school, I would sometimes go to the movies with this short skinny little asian guy. What he would do was wear a big baggy jacket and then we would stop at McDonald's and he would buy a big mac, a huge thing of fries, and a big coke, to go. They would put it in a bag for him and as we got near the movie theatre entrance, he would jam this whole bag down the front of his jacket and stroll in casually. He would have to sort of hold his stomach with his hand to keep the coke from tipping over. Not only did it make him look like he was pregnant, cuz he was so thin already, but he would just wreak of fries and burger. But they never stopped him. Obviously, this is not paleo at all, but it sure was damned funny. And because of this, I have no problem with embarrassment if I happen to have a few snacks with me from home. Besides, good sashimi should not have a strong smell to it at all.
My movie indulgence is dehydrated kale chips, with a cashew based "cheese" on them (cashews, red pepper, nut. yeast, sea salt. So crunchy and satisfying, and doesn't hurt my stomach the way popcorn always did!
I was pleasantly surprised to go to an independent theatre in the city recently where I got a fresh brewed cup of coffee from locally roasted beans. Coffee! And it was great for keeping me up a little bit when the movie started to drag.
So perhaps it's a question of what movie theatres in your area offer different fare from the major chains?
you can make very easy coconut macaroons with coconut flakes and egg whites + optional nuts (if you can afford the omega 6s) or optional cocoa powder and chocolate (never tried because I don't have enough dark chocolate / too expensive for my budget to make a whole batch). I've made the non-paleo version for my girlfriend and she loved them. If you add some honey they're bound to be delicious, but I try and stay away from the sugar
Try it out, they're mad healthy and you can make them bite sized (so you can feel like you're eating more)
I've learned that its better to just fill up stomach before I go to movies. So about the only thing I will have next to me during the movie is a bottle of water. Maybe an occasional unsweetened ice-tea from the concession stand.